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Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

The Royal Botanic Gardens, which are just a short walk around the water's edge from the Sydney Opera House, is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful settings you will see anywhere, with the gardens filling an area of land between the harbour and the eastern part of the central business district.

The gardens sit on the side of an undulating piece of land and the harbour views from up on the hill are superb. There are large trees with a wonderful shade canvas and this makes the best spot imaginable to stop and have lunch - sitting on the grass and taking in the harbour views.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

A walkway skirts around the harbour front at the lower part of the gardens and is popular for lunchtime walks or jogs. The gardens have more than one million specimens and there is even a hop-on hop-off "train" for the less energetic.

The gardens are an excellent place to escape the noise of the city and are situated quite close to some of the major city hotels around Hyde Park. They open daily at 6.30am and close at sunset. Entry to the gardens is free.


Location: Eastern edge of the CBD & bounded by Macquarie Street, the Cahill Expressway & Mrs Macquarie Road
Telephone: +61 2 9231 8111
[Weekends +61 3 9231 8125]
Opening Hours: Nov - Feb 07:00 to 20:00
Mar & Oct 07:00 to 18:30
Apr & Sep 07:00 to 18:00
May & Aug 07:00 to 17:30
Jun & Jul 07:00 to 17:00
Amenities: Toilets, Shop, Visitor Information Centre & Restaurant & Café
Services: Free Guided Walks, Education Service, Friends of the Gardens, Trackless Train Tour & Wheelchair Hire
Special Features: Sydney Tropical Centre
Cadi Jam Ora
Sydney Fernery
Herb Garden
Rose Garden
Hongkong Bank Oriental Garden
Palm Grove
Palm House
Government House Grounds
Rare & Threatened Plants Gardens
The Wollemi Pine
Website: Royal Botanic Gardens

Getting There

Take a train to Circular Quay and walk there from the Sydney Opera House.
Alternatively, Sydney Explorer Buses stop there.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

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